Hilma af Klint.
193 abstract paintings divided into groups and subgroups making reference to contemporary developments in the world of science and religion.
Codes and Symbols: Logarithmic spirals and tendrils represent evolution. The letter U stands for spiritual world. W= Matter. Overlapping discs signify unity (creation and invisibility of genetics). Yellow roses= masculinity. Blue+lilies=femininity. Green=blue+yellow+ male or female/good or evil.
Themes: Duality, the pursuit of an original oneness. Reconciliation of divisions. Reduction and purification. No traditional narratives.
“they portray the astral plane in color and form” “Systemic visualizations of complex philosophical ideas and spiritual notions” “Imagery intended to lead the viewer to other levels of awareness.” “… to glimpse another universe”
She had no lobby, no market, no internal support, no collections, no museums directories — she hid her work. As if it was one big thought experiment and yet in her journals she openly describes herself as a pioneer.
The Astral World is not a place but a state. A condition of existence (Steiner). It surrounds us and we are immersed in it while we live on Earth.
At death: The Etheric Body (which holds the imprint of all memories of the life lived), the Astral Body (which contains all the desires generated by life) and the Ego all leave the body: All that’s left is the corpse which stays in the physical world. The Etheric and Astral bodies unite on the lower Astral Plane.
Over time the Etheric body dissolves – and the Astral Body moves to the higher Astral Planes alone. But: Everything on the Astral plane comes back to the physical plane. All the negativity ends up coming back to earth.
Lower Astral worlds resemble life on earth. There are buildings, apartments, weather. In the higher worlds things become more unvarying and communication becomes non-verbal. Structures can be malleable.
There are wars in the astral plane. They use Mantric Power vs Bombs. Mantric Power is a charged religious symbol made manifest. Like a wave that can be ridden. Mantras can be used as vehicles. They can also be used for destruction. In the lower realms of the Astral Plane, pockets of darkness/resistance have been created by humanity’s spiritual ignorance and misunderstand (failure of the patriarchy). Negativity boils over and spills back to Earth. Wars on the plane are experienced by people on Earth as nightmares. The world is so chaotic because there is continual war on the astral plane.
On the Astral Plane every feeling, every idea is given a visible form – a living force. An astral lie can cause death. Thoughts can create reality.